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July 13, 2015

We've started packing for this weekend's   'The Hawk' vintage weekend at Road America. This year, I'm bringing a great selection of new and out-of-print racing books, DVDs, 1/18 and 1/43 scale models, artwork and a few surprises. Stop by vendor row and check out the display. 

Our Downers Grove gallery will be closed Saturday, July 18. See you at the track!

Today's Email Update will profile some great new books that arrived since we last spoke, along with the latest news from Duke Video and Spark Model. 

First Principles: 
The Official Biography of Keith Duckworth, OBE
by Norman Burr

Foreword by Sir Jackie Stewart OBE


The names 'Keith Duckworth' and 'DFV' are practically synonymous, such is the reputation of the famous F1 racing engine which he designed.


Whilst there are books covering the technical aspects of the DFV engine, and other designs from Cosworth, the company which he founded with Mike Costin, there are many gaps in the story of Duckworth's career, before and after Cosworth. This book comprehensively fills those gaps, taking the reader into the world of Britain's finest 20th century engineers.


It was a world consisting of far more than motorsport, embracing an astonishing variety of mechanical devices, including aircraft, boats, and motorcycles - particularly Triumph, for whom he was a consultant during his retirement.


A man of strong convictions and high integrity, Keith Duckworth OBE cared passionately about his work, fitting almost every aspect of his life around it. His northern industrial roots, the ups and downs of his personal life, his health problems, and his generous support of charities and business start-ups, combine to create the story of one of motorsport's - and engineering's - most endearing and enduring characters. Hardcover | 252 pages | 200 color photos. $59.95 - Order HERE!



Tyler Alexander: 
A Life and Times at McLaren
by Tyler Alexander
Foreword by Bernie Ecclestone


"Tyler was a man for all seasons; whether it was Formula One, Indy car racing, or Can-Am, he was at the forefront." -Jackie Stewart


Bruce McLaren. Denny Hulme. Peter Revson. Johnny Rutherford. Mario Andretti. Niki Lauda. Ayrton Senna. Lewis Hamilton. Tyler Alexander has worked with some of the greatest drivers in racing history, as well as such influential figures as Roger Penske, Bernie Ecclestone, Carl Haas, Paul Newman, and Adrian Newey.


In 'A Life and Times with McLaren', Tyler Alexander tells the story of his remarkable four-decade career. In 1964 he helped found the McLaren racing team along with Bruce McLaren and Teddy Mayer. As a mechanic, engineer, and team manager, Alexander played a key role in the development of McLaren's cars and the team's early successes in Formula One, the Indianapolis 500, and the Can-Am series.


After scoring Indianapolis 500 victories with driver Johnny Rutherford in 1974 and 1976, Alexander left McLaren in the early 1980s to join the new Mayer Motor Racing team. A decade later he returned to McLaren-in time to participate in the team's run of success in the late 1990s with drivers Mika Hakkinen and Kimi Raikkonen. In 2008, his final year with the team saw McLaren score its most recent Formula One championship with brilliant newcomer Lewis Hamilton.


'A Life and Times with McLaren' tells what it was like to work with some of the greatest names in motorsport, and reveals the technical ingenuity, hard work, and luck required to sustain a successful team. The book is fully illustrated with hundreds of photographs, and includes testimonials and contributions from old friends like Mario Andretti, Roger Penske, and Jackie Stewart.


Bruce McLaren and the racing team he created have been the subject of many books, but none told in such detail from the inside. Required reading for McLaren fans, the book also covers Alexander's years with other teams, such as Mayer Motor Racing, Carl Haas's FORCE F1 team, and Newman/Haas Racing.


Universally respected within the racing community for his experience, work ethic, and honesty, Tyler Alexander deserves to be better known to a wider audience of fans. In 'A Life and Times with McLaren', Tyler tells his own story in his own unique style.


Alexander's 2013 book of photographs, 'McLaren from the Inside', is also available at The Motorsport Collector.


Hardbound | 456 pages | 47 black and white & 110 color photos  -

$55.00 Order HERE


'Senna & Imola: A story within a story' 
by Mario Donnini 

The first title in a series born of collaboration between Giorgio Nada Editore and the Imola Autodrome, which will see a series of books appear over time, devoted to the Italian track. This bi-lingual book has as the object the story of Ayrton at Imola, a circuit at which the Brazilian competed from 1984 to 1994, winning on three occasions and starting from pole eight times. The volume closes with a section on the three days there from 1-3 May 2014 that took place to mark the 20th anniversary of Ayrton's death, commemorated on the Imola track.


Hardcover | 112 pages - $39.99 - Order HERE!

2015 TT Isle of Man - Official Review DVD

The Isle of Man TT 2015 fueled by Monster Energy was a record-breaking affair that had it all: sunshine, drama, excitement and a sensational comeback to rival Mike Hailwood's.

Anticipation was high before the start of the race with an entry list that was a veritable "Who's Who" of the World's elite road racers.

Any of the top ten or so riders were in with a chance of a win in any of the solo classes and there were plenty of quality sidecar crews determined to make an impression on the podium places.


No fans can have left the Isle of Man disappointed with what unfolded - surely TT 2015 proved to be one of the best meetings of the 21st Century, and maybe of all time?


Lap and race records tumbled throughout the week, there were new faces on the podium and some that fans might have thought would never been seen on the top step again.


For once the Isle of Man was blessed with wall-to-wall sunshine for race week and it led to some of the closest racing ever seen on the 37.73 mile public road Mountain Course as heroes of the road like John McGuinness, Ian Hutchinson, Guy Martin and Michael Dunlop got down to business.


All-in-all it was as action-packed as anyone could wish for and throughout it all our cameras were on hand to catch the highlights. With the best bits of all seven solo and both sidecar races, plus lots of the atmosphere away from the races, this is the comprehensive, indispensable Official Review of the Isle of Man TT 2015. 4 HOURS OF COVERAGE! -  Late July Delivery - $24.95 - Reserve HERE!

A total of 30 new 1/43 scale resin replicas are offered on Spark Model's latest Advance Order List, including the 1995 Daytona winning Kremer K8, pictured above. Also on the list are a selection of interesting 1960s and 1970s Formula 1 cars, Le Mans entries, road cars and two pre-Le Mans versions of the 2015 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO LMP1. Dealer Deadline for these models is set for Friday, July 24. We will be ordering a few 'extras' of some of these but to insure delivery, please place your reservation before that date. The list can be found HERE, under the PreOrders on Deadline section of our Online Shopping website.

Spark National Series Deadlines:

These models are not listed on our website and are available by special order only. We will not be  ordering extra pieces. 

Spark Model's 1/43 scale resin replica of the 1969 Bud Moore Ford Mustang driven to victory by Parnelli Jones in the MIS and Donnybrooke rounds of the 1969 SCCA TransAm Series is starting to appear in Europe. US delivery should be 'soon'. 

$80.00 - Reserve yours HERE.


Michael Argetsinger

Argetsinger Signing RA 2010
For those of you who may not have heard, Author Michael Argetsinger passed away last week. Michael's legacy includes some of the finest books on motor racing produced in the past decade. We have warm memories of the signings we hosted for him over the years. A founder of the International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen, Michael was the son of Jean and the late Cameron Argetsinger, the force behind the creation of the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Corporation and the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen.

Michael was one of the finest gentleman I've had the pleasure to meet in my 30+ years in this business.  We will miss him.
- Paul




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